Ceremonies in the Sacred Valley
A CEREMONY EXPERIENCE WITH YOU IN MIND
After years of working with larger groups at other centers, we began focusing on a more personalized and intimate ceremony experience. In this context we can take the time to assess the needs to the individual(s) and create a program tailored to suit. This allows us to offer one ceremony or a package of three to five over time, with the options of additional remedies, such as plant baths or vomitivos if required. Ceremonies are held in the comfort of our home with the option for guests to stay on ceremony nights, or we can arrange private accommodation and transportation.
IS THIS STYLE OF CEREMONY RIGHT FOR ME?
It is important to understand ayahuasca is not right for everyone, nor is the intensity of the Shipibo style of ceremony. The tradition of Amazonian medicine is vast and there are many ways that ceremony is practiced throughout South America. Our goal is to provide you with enough information about our philosophy and approach, so that you can make a clear and informed decision.
WHY ARE YOU COMING AND WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION?
Ayahuasca is a sacred medicine and should be approached with respect and humility. In that spirit, it is important to ask yourself what is calling you to work with the medicine. Physical illness, emotional/mental well-being and/or connection to the world of plants are all excellent reasons for reaching out. We have found that guests simply looking to have an ‘experience’ or ‘try ayahuasca’ rarely receive anything from sitting. If the intention is not well reasoned, the medicine will often respond with the same lack of lucidity. Coming with a clear intention as to what you are looking to receive, is like telling a teacher what you are looking to learn. It provides the teacher with a starting point and gives you a point of reference for the metaphors ayahuasca will weave.
MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL READINESS
The safety of our guests is of paramount at Body of Prana, we therefore require all guests to fill out a thorough questionnaire regarding their physical, psychological and pharmaceutical history. Through this screening we ascertain if ayahuasca is appropriate at this time. In certain cases of more complex trauma we may recommend you begin with other remedies and come to ceremony to receive icaros (healing songs) without drinking or drinking very little to begin with. If more detail is needed to make a final decision, a screening call may be required.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING CEREMONY?
For more information on the effects of ayahuasca and the Shipibo style of holding ceremony please visit our page: Working with Ayahuasca.